Public Consultation: Parole Board of Canada Record Suspension User Fee

This online consultation is now closed.

The PBC values the input and the feedback received. Results of this consultation will be posted here at a later date. Thank you for your interest and participation.


A record suspension (formerly a pardon) allows eligible individuals who have satisfied the requirements of their sentence(s) and completed the required waiting period to have their criminal record kept separate and apart from other criminal records in the system. This helps them to access employment and educational opportunities, and reintegrate into society. The current user fee to process a record suspension application was established in 2012 in accordance with the User Fees Act, under a full cost-recovery model.

Purpose of the consultation

The Parole Board of Canada (PBC), which administers the federal government's Record Suspension Program, is undertaking a costing validation exercise and option analysis of the current user fee to process a record suspension application and its related service standards. As part of this exercise, the PBC is seeking input from individuals who access the Record Suspension Program, organizations that are involved in the criminal justice system, and the general public.

The PBC values the input of stakeholders and the feedback received through this consultation will help inform this exercise. The PBC will report back on the results of the consultation on its website.

How can I participate in the online consultation?

Read the Summary of PBC's Record Suspension Program and general steps in processing a record suspension application to familiarize yourself with the Record Suspension Program and user fee.

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